The Community Foundation awards over $122,000 in grants from Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund
February 17, 2016
Teri McNally, Executive Director
The Community Foundation
FREDERICKSBURG (2/17/16) The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region announces over $ 122,000 in grant awards to 26 local nonprofits through the Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund. The grants were made in January and last fall.
The purpose of the fund, established in 2010, is to support—in a timeless way—the passions that Mr. Green cared deeply about. Among his interests were preservation and providing opportunities for children to have healthy outdoor activities.
The recipients of grants awarded in January include:
$10,000 Capital Caring Hospice
Caring Circles In-School Grief Groups
This grant will support Capital Caring to provide free grief program for students who are grieving the loss of a loved one in area elementary, middle and high schools.
$7,500 Catholic Charities
Mark 10 Project
This grant will subsidize child and family therapy for low income families whose services are not covered by insurance.
$4,000 Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, Inc.
Strategic Outreach and Marketing Plan and Materials
This grant will support professional marketing and graphics design assistance to promote the Center's mission to a wider audience.
$7,500 Fredericksburg Counseling Services, Inc.
Transition and Healthy Coping
This grant will support the Transition and Healthy Coping program to be provided to 6th and 8th graders in Spotsylvania. The program addresses suicide and depression, as well as bullying, self-harm, helping a friend, and recognizing when students may be getting into a problem themselves.
$5,500 Friends of the Rappahannock
Kids Learning in Parks
This grant will support The Kids Learning in Parks project to promote recreation opportunities for area youth by providing meaningful outdoor educational experiences for over 800 students in Planning District 16. These programs will take place at local parks and recreation areas in the region and will occur during and after school hours.
$5,000 King George Family YMCA
YMCA 2nd Grade Learn to Swim Program
This grant will support the King George Family YMCA offering all King George County public school second graders lessons in swimming skills and water safety that will keep them safe and build physical and social skills.
$5,000 Mental Health America of Fredericksburg Suicide Prevention Education
This grant will support expansion of the Suicide Prevention Education program in order to educate more regional youth to recognize signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and others and provide guidance in seeking help using the evidence-based "More Than Sad" curriculum.
$10,000 Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters
This grant will be used to recruit, screen, interview, and train volunteers and provide ongoing support for children and volunteers in Caroline County and Stafford County.
$5,214 Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center
Trauma Focused Mental Health Therapy
This grant will support evidence-based Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy to reduce the impacts of trauma and the risk of future abuse.
$4,972.20 Sunshine Ballpark Foundation
Discover Sunshine Ballpark
This grant supports Discover Sunshine Ballpark which is designed to introduce children (8-12) to the world of Ocean Exploration through hands-on activities focusing on the fields of science and technology.
$3,500 The George Washington Foundation
Archaeological Artifact Conservation at George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm
This grant supports the conservation of eighteenth-century artifacts -- all from the Washington period, including a cooking skewer, the leg of an iron pot, a decorative clothing button, a key, and a candle wick trimmer -- excavated at Ferry Farm.
$6,250 University of Mary Washington Foundation
Charles Robinson Architectural Drawings Preservation Project
This grant will fund the cataloging of the historical blueprints and drawings of architect Charles M. Robinson in order to increase useful access to the collection.
$10,000 Washington Heritage Museums
Exterior Painting of Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
This grant will cover the costs of scraping, repaid and repainting of the exterior of the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop.
The recipients of grants awarded last fall include:
$4,876.88 St. Georges Episcopal Church
This grant will fund the repairs and upgrade of the outside of the "Chi Rho" Tiffany Stained Glass Window at St. George's Episcopal.
$5,000 Fredericksurg Festival of the Arts
This grant will allow Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts, with the Virginia Opera educational department, to bring 16 performances of Little Red Riding Hood to local area elementary schools in 2016.
$1,400 Meadowview Biological Research Station
This grant will be used to purchase a compound microscope to teach youth about plant identification on the Central VA Preserve Duff McDuff Green Jr. Birding and Wildlife Trail.
$3,500 Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts
This grant supports a two week Summer Musical Theater Camp for low income and at risk children.
$1,500 The Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge
This grant will underwrite the Port Royal Kids Fishing Day. This free event for area youngsters will provide youth the opportunity to learn about the Rappahannock River, how to fish, and to fish from the Port Royal pier.
$2,400 Ladies Memorial Association of Fredericksburg, Virginia
This grant will recognize 5 Conferate Generals buried in the Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetary with a pictorial plaque and a short description of their Confederate service along with their post war contributions to Fredericksburg.
$3,500 Rappahannock CASA, Inc
This grant will provide for Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer and staff training.
$1,500 Sensory + Theater=Endless Possibilities, Inc.
This grant supports STEP VA Special Needs Dance Class Series for preschoolers and school-aged children.
$5,000 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
This grant supports the restoration and preservation of St. Paul's Church historic building and erosion control of the historic cemetery.
$1,500 Riverbend High School
This grant will purchase sporting equipment for students to use during Bear Block Sports Activities.
$2,050 Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block
This grant supports the RAKOB Youth Emergency Preparedness Program and Curriculum, a comprehensive group-based workshop with activity components to include: puppet presentations; research; group activity promoting awareness of the importance of Emergency Preparedness in the community.
$5,000 Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
This grant supports the restoration of the Belmont Barnyard Fencing and Livestock Shelter. This project will rebuild the lost animal shelter (run-in shed) that stood in the Melchers barnyard in the 1920's and served their two dairy cows and other livestock.
$1,000 United Daughters of the Confederacy
This grant provides general operating support.
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